Law No.: LAW7086
Sched. No.: 114820992
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|Days, Times (Room):||MW, 1410-1530 (WB102) |
|Capacity:||80 **This information is current as of 12/22/2014 06:14:13 AM**|
|Current Enrollment:||76 **This information is current as of 12/22/2014 06:14:13 AM**|
This is an introductory course in the enduring concepts and themes of legal theory and legal reasoning. The course will include in-depth treatment of the natural law and positivist traditions, the moral obligation (or not) to obey the law, the foundations of a legal order, the sources of law, the nature of legal authority, the claims of legal realism, and the central ideas of legal reasoning and legal argument, including rules, precedent, analogy, authorities, statutory interpretation, and common-law reasoning. Readings will include books and articles by H.L.A. Hart, Lon Fuller, Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz, Hans Kelsen, Karl Llewellyn, Nicola Lacey, and the instructor, among others. Grades will be based on six short (1000 words each) papers, to be chosen by the student from thirteen weekly assignments.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Six short papers